Joan Osborne came back to Pittsburgh after a long absence and hopefully she will return soon to do the songs she didn’t have time to get to in her 16-song, 1-hour and 20-minute set.
The 46-year old singer, by my count, did at least five songs from her latest CD “Little Wild One” which was released in September. The song that seemed to get the loudest applause was “Hallelujah in the City”. She did a nice duet with her opening act, Matt Morris, on “Cathedrals”. Joan’s 7th studio album has a lot of the mid-tempo type songs that she’s known for.
With Joan was a 4-piece band consisting of a drummer, bassist, guitarist and keyboardist (who, like Joan, also played harmonica). There was also lighting that made effective use of the high ceilings in the former church.
Most of Joan’s songs had a beat, although she slowed things down at one point with a Grateful Dead song Joan, of course, did “One of Us” near the end of her set and I can still hear it in my head.
Joan came back on stage for a 3-song encore, which included a song she sang at the Grand Ole Opry that was co-written by Roy Orbison.
Matt Morris, the son of country music’s Gary Morris, is a singer-songwriter who has had his songs recorded by Reba McEntire, Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake. He opened the show with a 45-minute, 9-song set that included his own songs as well as a cover of The Beatles “Help!”. It was Matt’s first appearance in Pittsburgh and he commented that he liked the “public radio listening audience.” Matt performed at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival this year and plans to release his first full length CD soon.
Barb S. - Sunday Mix Host